‘Popcorn Textured Ceilings’ are slang for ceiling surfaces that feature sprayed-on material, typically stucco. They’ve also been called ‘cottage cheese ceilings’ simply because of their appearance, which resembles that of popcorn or cottage cheese thanks to their bumpy, rigid look and texture.
The more popular rooms in a home to feature popcorn ceilings are bedrooms and hallways, mainly because of their light, white appearance, as well as their acoustics:
Many homes that were built prior to the 1980s featured popcorn ceilings, mainly because they were cost-effective. Back then, homeowners actually didn’t mind the look of popcorn ceilings, but these days, homeowners are much more sophisticated with their tastes when it comes to interior design and architecture. As today’s homeowners have more stylish tastes and needs, popcorn ceilings have no place in a home.
The fact that asbestos may be present in a popcorn ceiling is another significant reason why homeowners may choose to forgo these ceilings in favor of something smoother that is void of such a potentially hazardous material.
Many popcorn ceilings that were installed in homes decades ago contained asbestos, which has been linked to severe respiratory issues, and even cancer. As such, asbestos was eventually banned in ceiling materials. However, it still exists in many ceilings today.
The more popular rooms in a home to have a popcorn textured ceiling are bedrooms and hallways, mainly because of their light, white appearance, as well as their acoustics.